Works Box Jean-François Denis


  • Jean-François Denis
  • Year of composition: 1989
  • Duration: 9:14
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Box is composed of three inter-related movements — each movement is three minutes in duration — where raw sound materials are processed and combined “live” in the studio. Box is both a live electroacoustic piece and a tape work. By juxtaposition and superpositions of the same basic sounds, the piece recreates the sensation of being inside a box which causes a — temporary — sonic claustrophobia, especially during the 2nd movement. The nature of certain elements brings in a cadence which wasn’t concealed. The 3rd movement uses the rhythmic and repetitive (loop) quality of one rich sound gesture.

Box is also the electroacoustic soundtrack for a “music video” realized in collaboration with the Canadian video artist Robert Hamilton. The music video is an extension of electroacoustics into the medium of video where sound and image carry equal weight, and as such, compliment one another in such a way to offer a single time-based experience.

The electroacoustic soundtrack of Box was realized at the EARS studio of the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Alberta) in November 1989. The video of the same name was realized at the same centre from October 1989 to February 1990. The latter was selected at the 2nd International Video Festival of Vigo (Spain) and was awarded a mention in the “Electroacoustic Video” category of the 1991 Stockholm Electronic Arts Award. •• The video is available via Vtape.


  • November 17, 1990, Kobe International Contemporary Music Festival, Kobe (Japan)


  • 1, 2:57
  • 2, 3:00
  • 3, 3:20

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